Digital Park Kerala: India To Get Its 1st Digital Science Park Today
PM Modi is going to lay the foundation stone of India’s first Digital Science Park in Kerala today. The project aims to promote R&D in AI, blockchain & IoT.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to lay the foundation stone for India’s first Digital Science Park which is worth ₹1,500-crore project, in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, April 25.
According to a government press release, the Digital University of Kerala would be next to the third-generation Science Park at Technopark Phase IV – Technocity, which is situated in an active urban city center.
The statement stated that the event would be attended by the Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammed Khan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, the Union Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, a number of Left-wing ministers, and Congress’ Thiruvananthapuram MP, Shashi Tharoor.
According to the statement, the project known as the Digital Science Park was designed as a multidisciplinary cluster-based interactive-innovation zone with an emphasis on digital technologies. It is anticipated to be finished in two years.
The state government had declared plans to build a 10-lakh-square-foot Digital Science Park over two blocks in the 2022–23 budget, according to the press release.
The park would originally consist of two structures with a combined square footage of 2,000,000.
The Center of Excellence (CoE), which will include research labs and a digital incubator, will be housed in the first building, which is 1,50,000 square feet, while the administrative offices and the Digital Experience Center will be in the second building.
The Digital Science Park will begin operations in the coming months from a 10,000 square foot site in Kabani’s Technopark Phase IV.
The state government has already allocated Rs 200 crore toward the project’s over Rs 1,500 crore overall cost, and the rest funds will come from other sources, including industrial partners, according to the statement.
Digital Science Park will initially support business and industry organizations as well as technological startups in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, electronics, smart hardware, sustainability, and smart materials.
An agreement on academic, research, and startup-related activities as part of this center has been signed by Digital University Kerala and ARM, a UK-based semiconductor and software design business.
The top global technology giant NVIDIA is anticipated to join as a partner at the center for AI, which will concentrate on both the hardware and software components of responsible AI, according to the press announcement.